A grim discovery in the waters off Indonesia on Tuesday dealt a heartbreaking blow to families whose loved ones were lost on AirAsia Flight QZ8501, and their anguish was felt around the world.
Debris from the plane was spotted about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the aircraft’s last known location over the Java Sea, off the coast of Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province on Borneo.
Three bodies were recovered — two women and one man, Indonesian search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo said, according to the Indonesian state-run Antara news agency.
“To the relatives, I feel your loss, and all of us pray that all of the families are given the strength and fortitude during this incident,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo told journalists. He then went to meet with families.